Did you know that chewing gum can help prevent cavities? You heard us right. Studies have shown that chewing gum for about 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. But why is that? Dr. Michael P. Gaudio and our team are happy to give you some insights to chewing gum.
The reason why chewing gum can help your teeth is that it increases the flow of saliva. The act of chewing is a great way to increase the flow of saliva. The flow of saliva in the mouth helps clean the mouth of food particles and other debris. In addition, saliva neutralizes cavity-causing acids in the mouth.
In order to gain the full benefits of chewing gum, make sure that you choose a sugar-free variety. Although gum with sugar will still promote saliva flow, the sugars are used by plaque to produce cavity-causing acids.
When choosing chewing gum, look for the ADA Seal to ensure that the gum is not only sugarless, but sweetened with sweeteners that don’t cause cavities.
Never let chewing sugar-free gum replace oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
We invite you to contact our office at 203-265-3355 today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our doctor in Wallingford, Connecticut.